About Us

From humble beginnings in a back bedroom in Northampton, The Running Bug has grown into the most supportive social network for runners on the web – with more than 200,000 members.

Our aim is to get everyone in the UK active, whether that's jogging around the park at weekends or taking on an ultra-marathon.

Just getting out there is an achievement in our eyes and you won't hear a negative word about your efforts on The Bug.

We're now based at Bug Towers in London's Tech City, and our running community is growing rapidly.

So much so that we're launching The Running Bug's first sibling site, The Cycling Bug in 2014, and we've got many more Bugs in the pipeline!



Meet the team

Joe

Bug Founder Sandman Joe

Do you have a nickname?
Sandman. Got it after running Marathon Des Sables for the second time.
What do you love about running?
It helps everything make sense
Furthest you've ever run?
In one day? 90km in the Amazon - took 21.5 hours. 5 swamps, 4 river crossings. In one race? 250km in the Sahara
What other sports do you enjoy?
Watching England thrash the Aussies at Lords
What's your dream ambition?
I'm lucky enough to have lived my dream already - want to help everyone else do the same - hence, The Bug was born
Sum up what you do at The Bug in a sentence…
Come up with a load of ideas and let everyone else have the fun of implementing!



James

Content and Community Manager James Bug

Do you have a nickname?
JB seems to have stuck on the site
What do you love about running?
That feeling you sometimes get when your feet seem to propel themselves … and it stops me getting fat.
Furthest you've ever run?
The London marathon
What other sports do you enjoy?
Football, surfing, snowboarding, cycling
What's your dream ambition?
To get everyone in the world active...or to see England win the World Cup… not sure which is more likely to happen first…
Sum up what you do at The Bug in a sentence…
You know that friend you have, the one who always manages to get you doing something out of your comfort zone? Kind of a cross between Mr Motivator and Frodo. Think I might be that guy. You're welcome.



Hayley

Content and Community Executive Hayley Bug

Do you have a nickname?
I don't really have one! I want one :)
What do you love about running?
Everything!!! Except injuries. And getting cold before/ after runs.
Furthest you've ever run?
26.2 miles – that was my marathon. I don't really have plans to go any further just yet. I'm not saying I'd never do an Ultra, though.
What other sports do you enjoy?
I'm pretty terrible at all other sports…I lack co-ordination. I'm alright at cycling and anything else that can be described as an ‘endurance suffer-fest'. My swimming has been described as ‘controlled drowning' though.
What's your dream ambition?
To run for GB at the marathon! I would love to go to the Olympics or World Champs...and run a sub 2.30.
Sum up what you do at The Bug in a sentence
They call me ‘Coach Hayley'. Just kidding…but my favourite part about what I do is writing plans and tips for the site.



Neil

Director of Sales Neil Bug

Do you have a nickname?
Take your pick! Nelly; T-bag; ginger ninja; lean runner bean (Twitter name)
What do you love about running?
Sounds corny, but the freedom and sense of adventure. And the numerous positive effects of just putting on a pair of trainers and getting out there. Not forgetting the bi-product of chocolate consumption.
Furthest you've ever run?
28 miles – my first London Marathon where I did a lot of weaving!
What other sports do you enjoy?
Football, tennis, golf. Is watching films a sport??
What's your dream ambition?
My running goal was to run a sub-3 marathon – check. Outside of running: to visit every (hospitable) country in the world. Learn to surf. Own a pub. Not necessarily in that order.
Sum up what you do at The Bug in a sentence…
I'm the money man. Don't leave anything on your desk, or I'll sell it. Looking at inventive and creative ways to work with running brands.



David

Business Development Executive David Bug

Do you have a nickname?
Too many to mention - 'Big Dave' despite not being all that big, guess it just suits the name though…
What do you love about running?
Finding a pub near the finish line…
Furthest you've ever run?
10 miles from Marble Arch to Harrow
What other sports do you enjoy?
Participating: Tennis and football Watching: Everything especially football, tennis, American football and golf
What's your dream goal/ ambition?
To be able to take a holiday whenever I like. It would also be nice to be able to hire someone else to change the sheets on my bed and do my washing as I find those jobs very annoying…
Sum up what you do at The Bug in a sentence…
I like to think I have the most important job - DJ Dave! (I turn on the radio in the morning… unless someone else does it…)



James T

Digital Partnerships JamesT Bug

Do you have a nickname?
JT, Beard (ironic as I can't grow facial hair), Jimmy, Jimmynee, JTizzle
What do you love about running?
If you can muster the will power it's easy to do as all you have to do is leave the house and run! Also it's a good time to clear your head
Furthest you've ever run?
13.1 miles, I really should do a marathon one day…
What other sports do you enjoy?
Cycling mainly and tennis plus the occasional 5 a side game
What's your dream ambition?
I'd love to do L'Etape one day and or Mont Ventoux
Sum up what you do at The Bug in a sentence…
Online stuff and selling stuff, sometimes both



Parit

Head of Technology Parit Bug

Do you have a nickname?
Nope.
What do you love about running?
That great feeling after a run of being able spend the evening on the PlayStation without feeling guilty.
Furthest you've ever run?
Probably around 5k
What other sports do you enjoy?
I love playing football and watching the mighty Arsenal!
What's your dream ambition?
To manage Arsenal. On a more serious note, to make The Running Bug the best running site out there!
Sum up what you do at The Bug in a sentence…
I make the team's awesome ideas into reality



Tom

Frontend Developer Tom Bug

Do you have a nickname?
No - just Tom.
What do you love about running?
I don't really - I just work here.
Furthest you've ever run?
A 10K sponsored run when I was 13.
What other sports do you enjoy?
Badminton as you can play while holding a drink/snack.
What's your dream ambition?
To own an orchard.
Sum up what you do at The Bug in a sentence…
I engineer pages on the site from the lovely designs provided by our designer Matt Bug.



Talha

Technical Developer Talha Bug

Do you have a nickname?
No nicknames.
What do you love about running?
One thing I love about running is that it gets me from a to b faster than walking would, and it's free.
Furthest you've ever run?
Haven't really run far to be honest but my fondest running moments involve consistently coming first in races... this was mostly in primary school and it all started going downhill from there.
What other sports do you enjoy?
Have an interest in boxing and mixed martial arts but don't try myself because I'm too lazy and don't want to get hurt.
What's your dream ambition?
Would be nice to one day live in a log cabin atop a remote, snow-capped, mountain - fresh air, fresh water, and clear skies.
Sum up what you do at The Bug in a sentence…
Add new features for bugs to enjoy while at the same time repairing any problems with existing stuff.

Mike

Head of Mobile Apps Smalesy

Do you have a nickname?
Various nicknames over the years… but Smalesy is probably the one that has lasted the longest!
What do you love about running?
Running fast and overtaking people (even if I end up ridiculously out of breathe moments later). This is closely followed by thinking about what tasty thing I’m going to eat afterwards.
Furthest you've ever run?
I’ve done quite a few half marathons, but I think the most I’ve run at one time was when I did a Football marathon for charity… 8hrs of football I’ve never been so sore!
What other sports do you enjoy?
When I’m not injuring myself, I like to play football, olympic lifting, strength training, kick boxing, swimming and falling off a surf board in a spectacular fashion.
What's your dream ambition?
To be the next Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg
Sum up what you do at The Bug in a sentence…
Bringing the Bug to exciting new technologies!

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